Guess which team has committed the most fouls so far this season in the NBA Eastern Conference?
OK, that's no surprise to anybody. But I want to look a step deeper.
Not only have the Pacers committed the most fouls, but they've also given the most Free Throw Attempts by a wider margin. The chart shows the ratio of opponents' free throw attempts to team fouls. The Pacers being highest means Pacers fouls come more often in situations when free throws are given:
The fouls the Pacers commit, which are more numerous in total, are also committed in situations where more shots are given.
I don't have a source of two-shot fouls, one-shot fouls and no-shot fouls. But clearly the Pacers commit a combination a fouls that hurt their chances of winning more than other teams do. (Last night against Portland was a clear case of this.)
1. How do you explain it?
2. Does it matter?
3. How would you change it?
4. Is it O'Brien's fault?